Stories tagged origami

Just in time for Father's Day, MAKE Magazine has come out with a top-10 list of things for kids under 10 to make with Dad. But let's not rely on stereotypes: these activities are fun and simple and can be done by anyone. On the list: make a vibrobot, make a jellyfish casing for your LED throwie, sculpt some play dough circuits, make a mason jar terrarium or a tabletop biosphere, create stationery from junk mail, learn to fold an origami flying disk, power a toy car with a mousetrap, disrupt peace and quiet everywhere with some trick crackers, and end the experience with a frozen chocolate banana pop. Sounds fun, right? So get making!

Holy cow, this video has everything: feats of engineering, seemingly impossible flight, scientific explanations, and instructions on how to do it yourself!

It's unclear who is actually behind it, but someone at Sciencetoymaker.org has posted a video of an amazing paper glider that is so aerodynamically efficient, you can "surf" it on a wave of air generated with your hands. I can't put into words how cool this is. Check out the video, and hit up the main site for the .pdf of the template.

Growing computers with DNA

Scientists from California Institute of Technology and IBM have for the first time coaxed components made from DNA to self organize in a way that could serve as a template upon which additional components like wires and switches could attach.

This technique, which "grows" nano circuits rather than "tooling" them, could result in smaller circuits and save millions of dollars.

Learn more at SiliconValley.com:
IBM scientists take big step toward DNA microchips

In this video, Robert Lang explains how combining origami, math, and engineering principles can produce almost any shape imaginable. Some applications include folding up mirrors for transport into space and folding up stents to fit into blood vessels. Click this to watch the video

Origami and science
Origami and science
We've blogged about the new science TV show, Wired Science here before. They covered lots of interesting angles for their first show last night. Both me and a friend were most intrigued by Robert Lang's work, mixing the art of origami with science problems. He looks at how computers mixed with the art of origami can help figure out how to pack airbags and even space telescopes more efficiently. I'm a bit of an origami nut but then I am a science nerd also, so you can see why I found his site pretty fun.

We've been thinking about different ways that the resurgent craft movement has links to science (trust me there are tons). So while doing some origami this weekend I was psyched to find this cool math resource on how to fold a square into thirds, fifths, and all those other hard to eyeball fractions.